I'd like to announce my latest release with 4RV Publishing, out this month:
Brady's Lost Blanket!
Brady is a sensitive young boy who takes his blankie wherever he goes. After traveling with his parents to visit his new cousin, Brady accidently leaves his blanket behind. Can Brady learn to get by without his blankie?
SHORT ESSAY ON BLANKIES:
I was one of those young kids who grew up with a blankie. My blankie was blue and soft and I loved to rub the silky part against my cheeks. When my blankie was close, I felt very confident and secure. However, I think there comes a time when one "outgrows" a blankie and it's time to let go. Unfortunately, letting go can be hard to do. Learn how Brady lets go and takes his first steps growing up in my new children's story.
5 QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS FOR STEPHANIE:
#1: What inspired you to write the story?
STEPHANIE: One of my husband's relatives mentioned their grandchild had a blankie and was having a hard time without it. I drew on my own childhood memories of having a blankie. I think letting go of the blankie is the first step in growing up.
#2: How long did it take?
STEPHANIE: It took about a week to write the story. I have to thank 4RV Publishing for publishing Brady's Lost Blanket. It took about 2 weeks back and forth with the editing.
#3: Did you pick the illustrator?
STEPHANIE: No, I did not. 4RV Publishing selected the illustrator. I think Bridget McKenna did a great job with the illustrations. They have a very whimsical feel and compliment the story well.
#4: What makes this book special?
STEPHANIE: Brady's Lost Blanket has a message for all young children who become attached to "something" (be it a blanket or something else) because they want to feel secure. It's okay to let go of our "security" nets and move forward. It maybe a little scary at first, but once you go without it, you learn you can live without it.
#5: How long have you been writing children's books?
STEPHANIE: About 5 years now. My first children's book, "The Giving Meadow" was published with 4RV Publishing in 2010. It has a great message about sharing and caring for young children as well as telling about Caterpillar's transformation into a butterfly. It's perfect for Easter as it helps young children understand Jesus' story.
Stephanie Burkhart was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, but now calls California her home. She currently works for LAPD as a 911 Dispatcher. Stephanie has been writing since she was five, when she crafted homemade comic books on the kitchen table. Her previous books with 4RV Publishing include: The Giving Meadow, and First Flag of New Hampshire. Stephanie enjoys coffee, adores chocolate and is currently the Den Leader for her son's Cub Scout Den.
BRADY'S LOST BLANKET is available in print from 4RV Publishing.
4RV PUBLISHING BOOKSTORE: http://www.4rvpublishingcatalog.com/burkhart.php
BARNES & NOBLE: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/bradys-lost-blanket-stephanie-burkhart/1121138037?ean=9781940310046
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